Reader Question: 

There’s a noisy little dog barking all night next door, and the owners regularly have domestics. All of these incidents forced us to break lease and move early. If this ever happens again, what could we do? – Elizabeth

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Elizabeth, we asked Director at RentChoice, Caroline Nurse for an answer to your query:

“Hi Elizabeth, given you will not be able to control who your neighbours are, there are limited things you can do to try and prevent a situation like this,” Caroline said.

“Firstly, when you go to an inspection, make sure you spend as much time as you can looking around the inside and outside of the property and listen out for any signs of animals or neighbour activity.”

“Most viewings occur during the day, so it may also be a good idea to pop back to the neighbourhood at night time and ensure you still feel comfortable with the area.”

“Secondly, if you are new to an area, negotiating a short term lease as a trial period might be a good way to get a feel for the community before you commit to a long term lease.”

For information specific to your state or territory, visit Rent.com.au’s Important Numbers page.

We’ll be posting answers to reader questions every week. If you have a question you’d like to see answered here, please send it to marketing@rent.com.au

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Caroline Nurse
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Caroline started Rent Choice to address the issues that affected her most as a property investor. The company specialises in property management and focuses on building strong relationships with tenants.

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